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Commercial fishing is the most dangerous job in the United States. The job is physical demanding, the conditions are tough and the hours are long. All of this places commercial fishermen at constant risk of serious injury. At the law firm of Brais Law Firm with board certified maritime attorneys in Miami, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas are here to help commercial fishermen who suffer serious personal injury or death as a result of an accident or sinking. The law firm’s lawyers represent all kinds of commercial fishermen including:

  • Trollers
  • Longliners
  • Crabbers & Lobstermen
  • Clam & Scallop Boat
  • Sword & Tuna Boat
  • Shrimpers
  • Seiners
  • Gillnetters
  • Processing Vessels
  • Snapper & Grouper Boats

If you are hurt on a commercial fishing boat, the law protects you. The boat owner and/or operator may be obliged to pay for your immediate medical care as well as a daily stipend until you are able to return to work or your medical condition plateaus. In addition, you may have a claim for other compensation if a condition aboard the commercial vessel made it unreasonably fit for its intended use or if the slightest negligence on the part of your employer contributed to your accident. Common accidents aboard commercial fishing boats for which you may be entitled to compensation include:

  • Limbs caught up in machinery, cables, rigging and netting
  • Slip and falls due to slippery ladders, gangways and decks
  • Trip and falls due to clutter placed on the deck
  • Falls though open hatches
  • Hands and fingers crushed or severed because of improperly secured hatches and portholes
  • Improper operation of machinery by captain or fellow crewmembers
  • Crane failures
  • Defective or improperly maintained equipment
  • Working in too rough of conditions
  • Broken safety guards
  • Overloaded pots and nets
  • Excessive pulling and lifting
  • Cable and line bites
  • Winch failures

It is important that you contact an experienced and skilled admiralty and maritime attorney if you or a loved one suffers serious injury on a commercial fishing boat. Maritime law is very different from land based workers compensation law with its own filing deadlines and pleading requirements. Moreover, a qualified maritime lawyer knows the right questions to ask the owner/operator and witnesses, as well as the right evidence to gather to obtain the just compensation you deserve.

Hiring an experience maritime attorney knowledgeable of this specialized area of law can be the difference in your case. The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.


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Your case will be handled by experienced personal injury attorney who know what it takes to get the results that you deserve. The practitioners at our firm have over 70 years of collective trial experience. Our credentials and qualifications are extensive including an “AV” Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell and membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. More importantly, we have a first-hand understanding of how insurance carriers operate because we represented clients insured with major insurance companies for nearly 20 years before we made the choice to change sides so that we could help the people who need us most – individuals just like you.

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